The Goodies: Season 9, Episode 1

Robot (9 Jan. 1982)

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Episode credited cast:
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...
Graeme Garden ...
Bill Oddie ...
Robot (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Claydon ...
Girl Robot / Cooker
Sabrina de Lisle ...
Washing Machine
Juliet King ...
Laura Shaw ...
Tricia Sinclair ...
Kevin Sullivan ...


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Bill: [Bill's been sacked] All right, I'm going. But I'm going to take industrial action. And I'll tell you, you've got right up my nose!
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Metal Billy!
6 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The Goodies downsize by cutting a third of their work force - they fire Bill. To replace the bearded bird watcher, Graeme builds a robot - a walking dustbin with Nookie Bear-eyes that behaves like a baby. They then hire ( where did they suddenly get the money from? ) a Swedish au pair named Helga ( Bill in drag ). Bill tries to destroy the robot, but it proves too clever for him. Soon it has grown ( ! ) to the size of a man and begins having sex with other robots. Determined to put a stop to it, Graeme dresses as a female robot. The android isn't fooled and enlists the aid of a cooker, a toaster and a vacuum cleaner in a bid to take over the business...

Following the 'Snow White 2' Special, this was the first 'proper' episode of 'The Goodies' to be screened on I.T.V. It is hardly one of the team's more inspired efforts. To be honest, its one of their worst, bearing an unfortunate resemblance to L.W.T.'s 'Metal Mickey' series, which had starred Irene Handl. Besides, they had a robot servant in the B.B.C. episode 'U-Friend or U-Foe' ( it was called E.B.G.B. ), and had previously done a plot about Bill leaving the business ( 'Cunning Stunts' ), so there was something of a 'been there, done that' feel to the whole thing. The 'robot as baby' angle became tiresome well before the commercial break ( and what a shock it was in 1982 to see real commercials in 'The Goodies' ). The voice of the robot was provided by the late David Rappaport, best remembered as one of the dwarfs in Terry Gilliam's 'Time Bandits'.

Funniest moment - Holding aloft a placard that reads 'Support Your Striking Mate', Bill pickets the Goodies offices. It rains and the ink runs, so that the placard now reads: 'Up Yours, Mate'. A passer-by spots this and punches Bill out!

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